Happy New Year! Wasn’t 2021 yet another weird one? In many ways it seems to have flown by. In other ways it seems to have dragged. I saw that picture of Bernie Sanders again the other day with the caption. “Think this year has been a long one? This image of Bernie is less than a year old.”
It was a quiet end to December after finishing a major project at the end of November, I had very little client work. I also sold very few books, but I feel that is to be expected. At least that gave me a springboard to head into 2022 with all my plans defined and prepared for. Some of those were ongoing through 2021. Medium, for example, and scheduling a few more posts for Buy Me A Coffee.
But there is more coming…
I’ve had a dearth of photos from 2021, mostly taken from our few trips out with more taken in September than any other month – I was a photographer (no, I have no intention of doing event photography – I still remain firm in that. This was my brother’s wedding). We also we went to Greece on holiday. Unable to sell any prints in two years, I closed my Smug Mug account and decided to stick with the free stock photo sites.
In 2022, I want to resume my Photography course at Udemy and then move onto a compositing course I bought in 2021.
In Video Skills
I got the above kit for Christmas – a 4k video, a new tripod, and a few other bits to help me develop my film skills further. So far, I’ve done most of my filming on my phone. As high quality as my Note 20 is, a dedicated video camera is always going to be better. What do I want to do with it?
- Personal projects like filming at our allotment
- Stock footage
- Helping promote my books
- Possible video editing hustle
In Book Publication
All the Spooky Salmonweird short stories will be released as an ebook and paperback in October – that is a given. I’ve managed to get a short story a month out every month as planned – Dec 2020 – April 2021 for the first four, Sept – Dec 2021 for the second lot, and Feb – Jun 2022 planned for the final five.
Click the image to go to the Amazon page:
Anyone in the UK who pays for Buy Me A Coffee access can not only read the short stories as they go up (including the eight already published) they will also be entitled to a free download copy. This is UK only I’m afraid due to Amazon rights but in some cases, I will send US residents a hard copy direct from Amazon dot com.
Have you seen my dedicated book site?
On Buy Me A Coffee
I know I need to continue to improve marketing to sell more books, but I also need to be better about using BMAC. This is where all the supporting content resides – it is not just a tip jar where I beg you for money. Here, you can read all short fiction including Spooky Salmonweird, but also all the other Salmonweird short fiction which I am not currently planning to release as an ebook and paperback volume.
Nothing is a given. I don’t know what my life or the world will look like a year from now, so there will be an element of playing it by ear.
I’m also active on Medium where I write about child free living, mental health, social satire, freelancing, and a variety of other subjects.
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Thank you kindly!